Monday, February 4, 2013

What's in the Basket


I picked the first Banksia Baxterii for the summer last week.  In the basket was a selection for some birthday bunches.  There are some late Leucaspermum Cordifolium, bright orange and cheery.  There are also some fresh Protea Pink Ice.  Over Christmas is the only time of year that its hard to get these pink beauties - there are about 3 weeks where they are few and far between.  But they are now returning to bloom.  There is some lovely Tasmanian Myrtle foliage there too - Nothofagus Cuninghamii.  You can also see some Brunia Albiflora in the basket - at its peak of production at the moment, and one of my personal favourites.  

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  1. You are so fortunate to have such a long flowering period for your Pink Ice in Aus, I have doubled my own plantings this year as they are really sought after. Do you have an equally long flowering period for your Brunia Albiflora?

    Kemp

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    1. Hi Kemp. Yes, the Pink Ice are very popular. Tasmania is the southern-most state in Australia, and I think the cooler conditions give us different flowering times to the other states. They have a definite break in Pink Ice production over the height of summer, so I consider myself fortunate in that regard. I wish I could say the same for Brunia Albiflora! Ours are later that the mainland states, and are good until April generally, although once they start to "flower" they're not so popular. Do they sell them at the "flowering" stage in SA?

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  3. Grace,
    the popularity of the Brunia Albiflora has really increased here in SA though not that much at the flowring stage. I am currently experimenting to propagate Brunia Berzelia abrotanoides which is commonly known in Afrikaans as Bloed Kol Kol (directly translated as blood spot) by means of smoked seed which is more popular during the flowering period.
    Kemp

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